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Aurora Biofuels Tries to Double Oil Production from Algae

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Aurora Biofuels says it has a species of algae that breeds like a rabbit.

The Alameda, Calif.-based company has identified and optimized a genetic pathway in a species of wild algae that effectively turbocharges the growth and breeding cycle of the single-celled creature. As a result, the company says it will be able to double the oil production, and ability to sequester carbon dioxide, of its algae ponds.

“This gets us to 5,000 gallons per acre a year, which we think is economically viable,” said CEO Bob Walsh in an interview.

Aurora is now negotiating leases to build a 50-acre pond that could produce 100 gallons a day by the second quarter of next year. If all goes well, and further optimizations arise, Aurora could have a 2,000 acre pond by 2011 or 2012. Such a pond set up with Aurora’s algae and equipment could produced lipids for around $1.75 a gallon, which would translate to $2 gallon diesel. he said.

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  1. Rani Says:

    We are also finding out new ways to enhance the CO2 sequestratioin and Lipid production using algae isolated from Various hot springs.
    If you can give some tips regarding the culturing of the Thermophilic will be of great help

  2. Anonymous Says:

    Is this math correct? I took the 5,000 gallons per year divided by 365 and got 13.69, then multiplied 13.69 (per day yield) times 50 (acres) and came up with 684 gallons a day, that's a lot more than 100 gallons per day. Which is it? What about mosquitos? I think Algae oil is great, I just hope we don't get a ton of fraudulant start ups taking investor money and ruining the rep for everyone who is really trying.

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